How To Sew Lazy Daisy Stitch

How To Sew Lazy Daisy Stitch

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As the name suggests, lazy daisy stitch is useful for when you want to embroider the petals of flowers.

It’s a stitch you often see on vintage table cloths where flowers have been embroidered by hand.

They can be grouped in 3s or 5s to give the idea of a closed flower, or embroidered around the centre of a flower, like a to sew lazy daisy stitch

To embroider these flowers, I used a medium weight cotton linen blend and DMC embroidery thread. how to sew lazy daisy stitchFor the tutorial, I used a scrap of calico that I had left over from another project. You can use pretty much anything, but if the fabric is very light you will need to use a lighter thread (or just one strand if you are using embroidery thread), and possibly fuse some interfacing to the back.

I also used an embroidery hoop, which makes everything stay nice and taut. It’s not essential but definitely a “nice to have”.

If you like these daisies, keep reading to the end of the post! There’s a link to where you can get the design, plus another one that I’ll be showing you in a couple of weeks!

how to sew lazy daisy stitchSewing Lazy Daisy Stitch

1. Find where you want to start the stitch. This will be the bottom of the petal, nearest to the centre of the flower. Bring the needle up to the right side of the to sew lazy daisy stitch

2. Make a loop and take the needle back through to the wrong side, next to where it came to sew lazy daisy stitch

3. Bring the needle back up through the fabric where you want the other end of the petal to be. Catch the loop and pull it to sew lazy daisy stitch

4. Take the needle back through to the wrong side, sewing over the end of the to sew lazy daisy stitchhow to sew lazy daisy stitch

You’ve now sewn one petal! Keep going like this until you’ve finished your flower.

If you don’t have a good eye for this kind of thing (I don’t! ), to avoid things turning out wonky you could sew the opposite petal, then the petal halfway between those 2, then the one opposite. So on the face of a clock, you would sew one at 12.00, then one at 6.00. Next you would sew one at 3.00, then one at 9.00. Keep going to until the flower is done!how to sew lazy daisy stitchhow to sew lazy daisy stitchhow to sew lazy daisy stitchhow to sew lazy daisy stitchhow to sew lazy daisy stitch

Alternatively you could mark your fabric with either a pencil or a fabric pen with disappearing ink.

If you would like the flower design pictured above, plus another one, you can get it here.

Embroidery stuff on Hobbycraft

DMC thread

DMC Moulin‚ Special 25 Variegated Cotton Thread Colour Code 52

Anchor thread
Anchor Stranded Cotton Thread

Embroidery hoops
Wooden Embroidery Hoop 5 Inches


Prym No. 5 to 10 Fine Embroidery Needles 16 Pack

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About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

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